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  1.    20 Mar 2017 #1
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    Windows 10 and SSD Filling Up....


    So, I've got a question about Windows 10 and my SSD getting too full. I have plenty of space, but my C: drive has 3 GB left. Is there a way to tell Windows to extend to another drive? Say when I get an update, I have another SSD, I would like Windows to start writing to the H: drive. Is there a way to do that? I'm talking about system file updates future Windows updates. I know how to install a program to a different drive, but I don't know how to get Windows to automatically do this. You'd think when it's full or nearing becoming full, it would have a built-in function to automatically move to the next fastest open drive or at least ask you where you want Windows to install these things, or is this something Windows can't do.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2.    20 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
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    Mac OS Sierra

    I would say that you need to find out what is taking up space. Install and run Space Sniffer. SpaceSniffer, find lost disk space the easy way. It was written off of the old Dos tool Tree Map.
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  3.    20 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : May 2014
    Cross Plains, WI
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I have found this program to work very well when trying to find out what is taking so much space: TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
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  4.    20 Mar 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by bro67 View Post
    I would say that you need to find out what is taking up space. Install and run Space Sniffer. SpaceSniffer, find lost disk space the easy way. It was written off of the old Dos tool Tree Map.
    Wow, thanks! You helped me fix my problem with Space Sniffer, an awesome program! I would still like to know, though, if there is a way for Windows to automatically start writing to another drive by default when space gets tight. I disabled the Hibernate feature. It was taking up over 12 gigs!
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  5.    20 Mar 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArazelEternal View Post
    I have found this program to work very well when trying to find out what is taking so much space: TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
    Thank you as well. I used Space Sniffer to find what's taking up so much space. It's Origin actually. I didn't uninstall that, but what I don't understand is that SS show update files taking up 40 GB I think. I thought I had set it to remove installers, better check that. I ended up disabling Hibernate. I have 20 GB free now. TreeSize looks good as well.
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  6.    20 Mar 2017 #6
    Join Date : May 2014
    Cross Plains, WI
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Ive used Space Sniffer as well and it works well, I just happen to like the way Tree Size lays it out more. For me its more concise and easier to understand.
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  7.    21 Mar 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sithtiger View Post
    Wow, thanks! You helped me fix my problem with Space Sniffer, an awesome program! I would still like to know, though, if there is a way for Windows to automatically start writing to another drive by default when space gets tight. I disabled the Hibernate feature. It was taking up over 12 gigs!
    No there is not unless you have a Raid setup that allows you to span multiple drives for a larger space. Hibernate has always been a hog.
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  8.    21 Mar 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sithtiger View Post
    Thank you as well. I used Space Sniffer to find what's taking up so much space. It's Origin actually. I didn't uninstall that, but what I don't understand is that SS show update files taking up 40 GB I think. I thought I had set it to remove installers, better check that. I ended up disabling Hibernate. I have 20 GB free now. TreeSize looks good as well.
    wow, 12 GB of hibernation file is huge, never tought it could get so big!

    About your updates files did you try to clean your drive? They could be WIndows Update files that you never cleaned.. Try to right click C: and then click Clean Disk, wait until it ends and then finally choose Clean system files (or something like that, don't know the exact translation in English of that feature): it will scan the drive again and then prompt new and deeper results..

    EDIT: last but no least, if your Users folder take a lot of space you could consider moving only that flde to a different drive; I have this setup now and it works nice. I only did that with new installation but it's possible in your sit, too. Here - Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10 - you'll find how
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  9.    21 Mar 2017 #9
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    I always recommend using the built in Disk Cleanup utility run as administrator (!). This can easily save you several gigs especially after an upgrade to Anniversary edition.
    Also if you want to stick with your C drive you can create a link to a separate drive in your existing C folder structure like this:
    Code:
    mklink /J "C:\some existing folder\new folder name" "D:\Folder1\Some existing folder"
    This will effectively create a "folder shortcut" in "C:\some existing folder" with the name "new folder name" and when you click on this folder you will see contents of "D:\Folder1\Some existing folder".
    You might want to use it as a workaround if you have no RAID created.
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  10.    21 Mar 2017 #10
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Earth
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    Windows 10 pro on both

    Do you have your Orgin Games on your C:\ drive along side Windows?
    That will kill your SSD real fast, if you play a lot like me i know its great to play games from a SSD because of the speed, but the constant reading writing to the SSD, will make for a painful death at some point, or did you just install Origin program files to that drive, and keep Games on another drive.
    I keep my SSD almost limited to Windows, and most programs i keep on a Hybrid, and my Games on another Hybrid, And my Digital Content "all legal" on 2x 3TB Hybrids
    SSD are still expensive, so i would try to keep 1 SSD around 300GB strictly Windows, i know some programs will not offer where to install and just installs on C: very annoying.
    I have 2x 300GB Samsung Evo can't remember number and 1x 500GB Samsung "something" SSD where i keep Windows 10, i also had some games on that drive for a long time because of the speed, now it feels like i am driving a German Trabant from WW2, even after i removed the Games, and keep it almost Windows only.
    But as soon as prices go down ill get a new SSD for my Windows but prices are way up there still.
    Thank You
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